Brazil | Ultra-Luxe Tour | Rio de Janeiro, Iguassu Falls, Amazon | Brazil (10 days)

Itinerary

DAY LOCATION(S) HOTEL MEALS DESCRIPTION
Day 1
Iguaçu, Brazil
Belmond Hotel das Cataratas None

Please note that the following itinerary is an example, as all of our journeys are custom-made.

International flight arrival in Sao Paulo or Rio de Janeiro. Greeting by your host and check-in assistance for your connecting flight to Iguacu. Flight arrival and private transfer to the historic and majestic Hotel das Cataratas facing the cascades on the Brazilian side of the falls. During your stay you will discover Iguassu´s magic from both the Brazilian and the Argentine sides. On your way to the hotel, stop at the heliport to view the falls from the air while enjoying a spectacular private helicopter ride. Relax in the tranquility of the historic Hotel das Cataratas in the evening. The hotel’s two restaurants are the best in the Iguassu region, on either side of the falls.

Day 2
Iguaçu, Brazil
Belmond Hotel das Cataratas Breakfast

Explore the incredible falls on the Argentine side by land, from the catwalks which take in the view from many angles as you walk through the jungle; and from the water aboard a high-speed zodiac as you feel the force of the falls first-hand. You will have lunch at the Sheraton Hotel's terrace which offers fantastic views onto the falls. Later, go on a short train ride to the Devil's Throat, the most visually spectacular part of Iguassu, where half of the water jets down a narrow chasm in what is the most powerful area of the waterfall area. Upon request, we can arrange for the zodiac ride and the train ride to be done in private. Later, return to the Brazilian side where we recommend dinner at your hotel.

Day 3
Iguaçu, Brazil
Belmond Hotel das Cataratas Breakfast

Following breakfast, visit the catwalks on the Brazilian side of the falls with your expert guide. You will enjoy the privilege of visiting the catwalks before the park opens up to the public . With your personal expert guide go on light hike on the Banana Trail through the Brazilian sub-tropical jungle. Later, take a boat ride along the Iguassu River. During this excursion you will also visit Alligator Pond from a 30 ft high observation tower. In the evening, return to your hotel and relax by the pool or in the spa as you unwind from your physical activity and enjoy your final evening in Brazil.

Day 4
Rio De Janeiro, Brazil
Belmond Copacabana Palace Breakfast

Morning flight to Rio de Janeiro. Greeting by your personal host and private transfer to the Copacabana Palace. Recommended lunch poolside at your hotel followed by a biking tour to the beaches of Rio de Janeiro with your personal guide. With over 130kms of bike lanes connecting the beautiful bays and beaches of Rio de Janeiro, cycling is one of the most popular ways for visitors to explore the city. From the beaches of Leme to Leblon, this biking tour is ideal for those who wish to enjoy a relaxing bike ride and take in the city’s beautiful scenery. The tour finishes on the beach were you will be able to relax and rest. In the evening, enjoy a recommended dinner at one of Rio's best restaurants depending on your interests.

Day 5
Rio De Janeiro, Brazil
Belmond Copacabana Palace Breakfast

Enjoy a spectacular private helicopter tour of the “cidade Maravilhosa”. See Christ the Redeemer (Corcovado), the Sugar Loaf, the spectacular beaches, and lush forested hills from above. Later, visit the historical sites of Rio. Start with a visit to the São Bento Monastery with your personal guide. The monks of the São Bento Monastery maintain the tradition of celebrating mass every Sunday with Gregorian chants. The Monastery also houses a private school for the sons of Brazil’s elite. After lunch, private enjoy a private guided tour of the Botanical Gardens, where more than 6,200 varieties of plants are spread over 141 hectares. For those more interested in active excursions, with an expert guide, hike to the peak of Pedra da Gavea, located in the Tijuca Forest, the largest urban forest in the world.

In the evening, you will be taken out to dinner at one of the city's finest restaurants of your choice, and afterwards you will head out to enjoy Rio by night and listen to soothing live bossa nova music.

Day 6
Rio De Janeiro, Brazil
Belmond Copacabana Palace Breakfast

With your personal guide, visit Mount Corcovado, Rio’s most famous landmark. Drive up to the statue by private van or hike to the base. You will be awe-inspired by the sight of the statue of Christ the Redeemer overlooking the Bay of Guanabara. Later, enjoy a recommended lunch at Aprazível with fantastic panoramic city views. Explore the eclectic artists’ neighborhood and the cobbled, winding streets of leafy Santa Teresa with your personal guide. Visit Escadaria Selarón, a set of world-famous stairs, which are covered in over 2000 tiles collected from over 60 countries around the world. They are the work of Chilean-born artist Jorge Selarón who calls it "my tribute to the Brazilian people".

Day 7
Amazonas, Brazil
Anavilhanas Jungle Lodge Breakfast, Dinner

Private transfer to the airport for your flight to Manaus. Upon arrival, greeting and private transfer to the domestic airport for your private hydroplane flight to head into the jungle. You will experience aerial sightseeing flight over the river, its islands, the surrounding forest, and the “meeting of the waters” where the darker Rio Negro and the beige-brown Amazon (Solimões) River meet. Arrive at Anavilhanas, a small jungle lodge made up of 16 rustic bungalows (all with air-conditioning and hot water) a beautiful pool and décor that embraces the rainforest surroundings. Meet with your expert guide and discuss the activities of the next few days.

Day 8
Amazonas, Brazil
Anavilhanas Jungle Lodge Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Hike through the mainland forest, led by your personal naturalist guide. You will learn about the wide variety of trees, wild fruits, herbs, as well as jungle survival. The trail is entirely accessible on foot, but there is also the option of a delightful canoe ride upon return to the lodge. After lunch, learn how to shoot a bow and arrow from descendants of the native people, who will demonstrate and teach the skills needed and show you the materials used to make a bow and arrow before allowing you some time to practice this indigenous art form yourself. After dinner at your lodge, go an exciting alligator spotting excursion. Experience the unique sensation traveling along the riverbank at night by canoe in search of these animals.

Day 9
Amazonas, Brazil
Anavilhanas Jungle Lodge Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Piranha fishing accompanied by your personal naturalist guide. Travel in wooden canoes along riverbanks, where you will be able to try your hand at catching piranhas while admiring the sights, sounds and smells of the forest. After lunch, with your guide, search for Amazonian dolphins on a river excursion. Watch the sunset over a lake near the lodge where it will be possible to observe birds and other animals in transit and contemplate the colors and nuances of the Amazonian sky. Return to the lodge for dinner.

Day 10
Manaus, Brazil
None Breakfast

On your last morning, board your private hydroplane to head back to Manaus. When you arrive on the in Manaus, your host will be waiting for you to take you to the airport, where you will be assisted with check-in procedures for your international flight home.

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Discover the highlights of Brazil on this trip, with a focus on its two most famous natural attractions: Iguassu Falls and the Amazon Rainforest. Start your trip in Iguassu Falls, one of the seven natural wonders of the world. With your expert guide, explore both sides and experience the falls from the ground, from the water and from the air. After the excursions, relax by the pool and enjoy gourmet meals at the luxurious Hotel Das Cataratas. Next, After experience the vibrance of its cultural capital of Rio de Janeiro. With your expert guide, discover Rio biking along its beaches or enjoy aerial views of the city and its key monuments on your private helicopter. Experience Rio as a local with private access to ateliers, learn about the city's imperial past and listen to samba and bossa nova both musical icons of Brazilian national identity. End your trip with a few days in the Brazilian Amazon. Fly into Manaus followed by a private hydroplane flight to the Anavilhanas Jungle Lodge located on the world's largest river archipelago with close proximity to the Meeting of the Waters and the fabled Amazon River. With your expert guide, explore the archipelago while hiking, piranha fishing or boating.

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